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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Tressi.Cordaro@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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June 28, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Named Co-Leader of Jackson Lewis' Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group

June 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Washington D.C. Region Principal Tressi Cordaro has been named Co-Leader of Jackson Lewis’ Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, alongside Carla Gunnin who was named Co-Leader in 2016.  Ms.... Read More

April 25, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Tressi Cordaro Comments on President Donald Trump's Pick for OSHRC Chair

April 25, 2017

Tressi Cordaro comments on President Trump nominating Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Chair Heather L. MacDougall, to serve for a second term in "Trump Taps GOP Occupational Safety Commissioner for Second Term," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 5, 2017
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro Discusses President Donald Trump Signs Measure to Revoke OSHA Recordkeeping Violations Rule

April 5, 2017

Tressi Cordaro discusses President Donald Trump signing a resolution overturning the Volks rule, which authorized OSHA to extend its enforcement authority of recordkeeping violations from six months to five years in "Volks safety rule overturned," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required... Read More

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July 12, 2017

Construction Contractors Develop New Safety Helmets

July 12, 2017

Construction firms are developing new safety helmets designed to provide workers with better protection from falls and to curb fatal injuries, according to a report from Bloomberg BNA. According to government researchers, from 2003 to 2010, 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occurred in the construction industry, a rate of 2.6... Read More

June 27, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Coal Truck Dumping Safety

June 27, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert following the death of a tractor trailer coal truck driver whose truck tipped over earlier this year. MSHA said the driver was driving a tractor trailer on February 3 and the coal in the truck bed was damp and frozen. As the driver raised the bed, attempting to dump... Read More

May 24, 2017

Trump Nominates Sullivan for Last Vacant Seat on Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated attorney James Sullivan to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) to fill the remaining vacancy on the three-member commission. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read More

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OSHA Suspends ITA Due to Security Breach
August 16, 2017

On Monday we blogged about the availability of the new OSHA Injury Tracking Application (“ITA”) that serves as the web portal for the submission of injury and illness information (300 Logs, 301 Forms and 300A Forms) under OSHA’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule (aka Electronic Recordkeeping rul Read More

OSHA Launches Injury Tracking Application
August 14, 2017

On August 1, 2017, OSHA finally launched its web portal to accept submission of recordkeeping forms pursuant to the requirements in the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.”  Under the rule, which was promulgated in May 2016, OSHA originally anticipated having the portal available by February 1, 2017, with su Read More

Rules to Come? Future Regulatory Agenda for OSHA
July 20, 2017

It’s that time of year again…when the federal government tells the regulated community what types of rulemaking initiatives that various agencies are undertaking for the year. Today, the semiannual regulatory agenda was published. Read More